When I’m drawing like I currently do I have to be very comfortable with unfinished sketches.

Sometimes they are so unfinished that they sketch doesn’t even resemble a recognizable figure.

I’m not trying to make beautifully finished drawings here, I’m training. I continually want to improve my skills in observation. Sometimes I feel like I’m the Sherlock Holmes of artists. I look at the body and analyze all it’s details trying to extract as much information as possible to tell me where to put my charcoal next.

Comfortable With Unfinished, poses
1,2,5 and 10 minute poses
Comfortable With Unfinished, 1-10 poses
1,2,5 and 10 minute poses

I worked on my ecorche for another hour today. Rey and I were attaching the ribcage armature which was very delicate and exact. I’ve only finished 6 ribs so far out of 12 on one side.

While working I learned that the human body has 12 ribs on each side of the rib cage. That the 8th rib is the longest and that the first 7 ribs are called the “true ribs”. The rest are called “false ribs”, I don’t think he explained exactly why.

I was always confused before about the angle of the ribs to the body. Like most people I assumed they were horizontal, but in fact the slant down at an angle starting at the spinal cord.

I’m excited to start adding Sculpy to this armature but I fear that when I get to the ribs it may be super hard.

Comfortable With Unfinished, ecorche
Ecorche work


  • Session: 1554
  • Work: 1239
  • Width: 18"
  • Height: 24"
  • Medium: Charcoal
  • Location: Home
  • Art Time: 2
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Chris Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."